I’m sure that most of our umpires (along with players) enjoyed the week rest to let the body recover and refresh as Representative Football time of year approaches. It is also a great opportunity for us all to stop and reflect on the season so far, and set our goals for the second half.
This weekend we have two umpires reaching their 200th match in the VAFA!
Guy Hexter reaches this milestone in his 10th season with the association. Guy also serves as the coach of our Cadet group of umpires, teaching our newbies (and not so newbies!) the art of umpiring in the VAFA before they move to our other squads. Congratulations on your milestone, Guy!
Adrian Keane also brings up his 200th game Milestone this week. Adrian is a regular fixture in the Goals in Premier grade, and he also serves on the VAFAUA committee, helping keep the association running smoothly. Adrian also arranges all matters honuor-board, so keep in his good books if you want your name spelled correctly! Congratulations Adrian – I know the Goalies will ensure your milestone is celebrated in style!
During Round 7 Jamie Gunn officiated his 500th VAFA match during the second game of his double header –Kew v Old Hailebury in the Premier C Reserves. Double (and triple?) Headers are a common event for Jamie, and he is always the first available to fill in when we need. Jamie has also run the boundary and waved the flags in numerous finals throughout the years.
Congratulations Jamie on this wonderful achievement – and we know there are many, many more games to come!
Social Week Off…
Western Campus Dinner Success
Our tight-knit Western Campus, who train at Westbourne Grammar School, held their Mid-Season Dinner during the break, with a great turnout. It is inspiring to see that such a great bond has been formed under the watchful eye of coach Terry Gunn and his able assistants, and that the group continues to grow.
Goal Umpire’s Mid-Season Dinner
In the same week as our Western Campus, our Goal Umpires held their own Mid-Season dinner get-together. It is great to see our umpires choosing to get together to socialize on non-training nights. Thank you to Alex Wolf and Ray Stokes (and the others I’m sure I’ve missed!) for their efforts in organising the night.
Save the Date – Pre-Finals Dinner
It’s never too early to get excited about our signature event for the year!
The VAFAUA Pre-Finals Dinner will be held on the 28th of August, once again in the Members Dining Room at the MCG. We have a few changes to the night in store, and it promises to once again be a stellar evening. Keep the date free for this compulsory event – we will have more details over the coming weeks.
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